News Release
 September 26, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Every bag purchased will make a difference!

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Tops Friendly Markets announced that it has launched its Tops Totes for Change program which will benefit non-profit organizations across the chains three state imprint. Shoppers can purchase a reusable bag with a special charity design for just $1.99 with $1 of the proceeds being donated back to your community's local chapter. The four charities benefitting from the Tops Totes for Change campaign are JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), United Way, Feeding America, and Children’s Miracle Network. Within those organizations the funds will benefit area local chapters including Children’s Hospitals and area Food Banks.

Tops has always been committed to helping eradicate hunger. Through a variety of corporate, supplier and customer donation programs, Tops has distributed over 46 million meals to help feed those in need. “Tops Totes for change is yet another vehicle in which we can give back to our neighbors in need,” said Kathy Sautter, public and media relations manager for Tops.

“We are appreciative of the partnership with Tops Markets and their generous customers. In the coming year, we are committed to providing even more nutritious food to our neighbors in need. To do this we must work together to build new and stronger partnerships. We are looking forward to the impact from this new giving program from Tops Market, Totes for Change,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Kerri Strauss, executive director of the United Way of Bradford County is also looking forward to the new campaign. “Tops Totes for Change will help United Way of Bradford County provide professional support to over 48 nonprofit organizations in Bradford County, serve our community with Day of Caring projects, and support 48 Agency partners with vital funds to improve the lives of individuals and families in Bradford County,” said Strauss.

In an effort to better the lives of children and combat disease, Tops has supported children's hospitals with donations totaling more than $10.2 million dollars. Tops Totes for Change will allow the community to give back to area Children’s Hospitals throughout its service area in Pennsylvania.

“Tops has been a wonderful partner to Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, helping to support the health of local children through its annual campaigns,” said Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger marketing specialist, Mike McMullen. “The addition of the Tops Totes for Change program, not only helps eliminate plastic waste, but gives customers another opportunity to help fund specialized equipment, programs and services for local children at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and pediatric facilities throughout the region.”

As a loyal supporter of JDRF for over 25 years, Tops Totes for Change program will continue to support important research and development programs needed to help turn Type 1 into type none.

“JDRF and those affected by type 1 diabetes have benefited greatly from our long standing partnership with Tops and the innovative ways they drive impact in the community,” said Joe Watterson, VP Corporate Development at JDRF.

To learn more about Tops Totes for Change please visit

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About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit


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